It Shouldn’t be Surprising NBA Stars are Ignoring the Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers draft pick D’Angelo Russell, right, and general manager Mitch Kupchak pose for photos during a news conference, Monday, June 29, 2015, in El Segundo, Calif. Russell, the No. 2 NBA draft pick, was joined by fellow draftees Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown. (Mandatory credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Don’t get it twisted, this is not an excuse to bash the Los...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NBA Draft: The Lakers just got a whole lot better

The last two seasons have been miserable for the Los Angeles Lakers. Between Kobe Bryant’s injuries, Mike D’Antoni and Byron Scott’s coaching and a combined 48 wins, things have been bleak. But the Lakers took a big step forward during the 2015 NBA Draft. After snagging forward Julius Randle at No. 7 and Jordan Clarkson at No. 46 during the 2014 draft, Lakers general manager...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA draft rumors: Lakers undecided between Okafor, Russell

As the countdown to the 2015 NBA Draft continues, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to be a wild card team whose No. 2 pick continues to be the talk of pre-draft chatter. If one were to ask Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, GM Mitch Kupchak drafting center Jahlil Okafor is all but a certainty. Lakers leaning toward taking Jahlil Okafor in tonight's draft, The Times has learned...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Believed To Be Leaning Towards D'Angelo Russell

The Los Angeles Lakers are believed to be leaning towards drafting D'Angelo Russell with the second overall pick over Jahlil Okafor. Okafor's second predraft workout was a drop-off from the first while Russell's perimeter shooting was impressive in his follow-up. The Lakers see a comparison to Stephen Curry in the game of Russell with his ability to both pass and shoot. Mitch Kupchak...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lakers won't draft player because he can play with, likes Kobe

With just ten days until the 2015 NBA Draft, teams are zeroing in on their potential picks -- if they haven't already made a decision, that is. For the Los Angeles Lakers, that decision carries quite a bit of weight; you really don't want to mess up having the No. 2 overall pick, especially when you're at the top of the lottery as rarely as the Lakers are.But with all the factors...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Draft Rumors: Kristaps Porzingis Now Under Consideration For Number 2 Pick?

With less than two weeks to go until the NBA Draft, a name that many NBA fans won’t be all that familiar with has cropped up. According to Marc Stein from ESPN, Kristaps Porzingis is now under consideration to be taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with their number two overall pick. Porzingis, a seven-footer from Latvia, worked out in Las Vegas yesterday where the Lakers’ basketball...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Draft Rumors: Team “Locked In” On Jahlil Okafor?

With around two weeks to go until the NBA Draft, it’s still unclear just what the Minnesota Timberwolves will do with their number one overall pick. Flip Saunders has been rumored to be in love with Jahlil Okafor, though the general consensus at this point is that Karl-Anthony Towns is the better all-around prospect. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers GM on drafting a big man: Don't want to pass on Michael Jordan

The Los Angeles Lakers have a big decision to make with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. And general manager Mitch Kupchak is well aware of that fact.On the one hand, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are the consensus top two prospects in this year's draft. On the other, there are just enough questions about Okafor, valid or not, to open the door to the possibility...
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Los Angeles Lakers: Rondo To Hollywood?

If Dallas Maverick’s head coach Rick Carlisle states that under any circumstances Rajon Rondo will not be back at any price tag or chance, then it’s easy to say it’s for the best. However, in LA, Los Angeles Lakers brass have not reached that tipping point yet. Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak and Vice President of basketball operations Jim buss are still very interested in the pass...
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Spurs scouted Mario Hezonja

San Antonio Spurs’ scouts were on-hand to take a look at Croatian player Mario Hezonja according to Sportando. However, Mario’s team, ACB Barcelona, held him out of the game to avoid NBA teams to access him as they want him to remain with the team. Mitch Kupchak, Lakers’ GM, was at the game. Also scouts from […]
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Julius Randle: 'I believe I am' 100 percent healthy after broken leg

This is the kind of "Keeping it 100" that the Los Angeles Lakers can get behind.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently said that it looked like Julius Randle was recovered completely from his broken right leg. But it's one thing for someone on the sidelines to say that such a massive injury is back to healthy; it's another thing entirely for the player to voice that same opinion...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Jared Dudley: ‘Most guys don’t want to play with Kobe’

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley gave an honest opinion about Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers when he made an appearance on Colin Cowherd’s radio show. “Most guys don’t want to play with Kobe,” said Dudley. “He gets in this thing where he doesn’t pass and then overpasses and then tries to get triple doubles every night…that...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers reportedly checking out '50-60 players' in anticipation of the draft

Things are pretty simple for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft, right? General manager Mitch Kupchak just has to wait for the Minnesota Timberwolves to pick either Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony towns, and then he passes the word on to Adam Silver that the Lakers are taking the other one. Easy. In the words of a different sport's most enthusiastic analyst: "Not so fast...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Mitch Kupchak talks about Lakers chances of trading No. 2 pick

The Los Angeles Lakers have the No. 2 overall pick in the 20125 NBA Draft, and plan on keeping the selection. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was asked Tuesday during the first day of predraft workouts if he’s considered trading the second overall pick. “Nothing’s really taking place in that regard,” said Kupchak. “It would have to be a heck of an opportunity...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: 'It looks like Julius Randle has recovered completely'

Oh, how different the Los Angeles Lakers' season might have been were it not for the injury to rookie Julius Randle. That's not to say things might have worked out better; the Lakers undoubtedly would have won a few more games, but that would in turn have meant lowered chances of snagging the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. And Randle's presence probably wasn't going to...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers GM: We don't have time to 'slowly build through draft'

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a pretty nice place in the 2015 NBA Draft. With the second overall pick, they'll likely have their choice of whichever of Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns isn't selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. If the Lakers want to think outside the box and draft D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay, that will probably be on the table, too.No matter whom the...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Kupchak: Lakers Don't Have Time To Slowly Build Through Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers expect to keep the second overall pick, but their rebuilding project will likely involve pursuing free agents this summer and next. "We don’t have …. the time to methodically and slowly build through the draft," said Mitch Kupchak. The Lakers almost certainly won't have their own first round pick in 2016, though this year they have their own pick at No...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mitch Kupchak: Kobe says next season will be his last

GM Mitch Kupchak confirmed on Thursday what has been reported for quite a while: next season will be the last of Kobe Bryant’s career. “He has indicated to me that this is it,” Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. Kobe is scheduled to make $25 million in the final season...Read More
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

The last few years haven’t exactly gone according to plan for one of the greatest basketball players to set foot on a court. And it now appears that the end of Kobe Bryant’s tremendous NBA career is nearing. Bryant apparently told Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak that the 2015-2016 season will be his last in the NBA. “He has indicated to me that this is it...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers GM says Kobe Bryant indicated next season will be his last

Los Angels Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak indicated on Thursday during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio that Kobe Bryant has intimated that the 2015-16 NBA season will be his last go-round before he strolls off into the sunset. “He has indicated to me that this is it,” Kupchak said, via an ESPN report. Bryant...Read More The post Lakers GM says Kobe Bryant indicated next...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Speaks On Tom Thibodeau Rumors

It’s a funny old world we live in. Especially when it comes to NBA rumors. Last night, a Bleacher Report writer claimed that Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau would be leaving the Windy City this summer, and that the Los Angeles Lakers would be pursuing the defensive specialist, despite the purple and gold inking Byron Scott to a four-year deal just last summer. The reporter...
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mitch Kupchak Pops Bottles After Lakers Win Second Overall Pick

The entire Lakers organization breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday night. Going into the lottery, there was a 17.2 percent chance that the Lakers would end the night without their pick. Thanks to a 2012 sign-and-trade deal for Steve Nash with the Phoenix Suns (who traded the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season) the Lakers would have to give up their 2015 first-round...
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers Plan To Use Max Money In Upcoming Free Agency

The Los Angeles Lakers will spend money available to them this summer and hope to land a superstar talent such as Kevin Love. "Two years from now, it looks like almost every team in the league is going to have cap room," Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. "We do have a lot of cap room this summer. You can look at that as a strategic advantage, yeah." The Lakers could have consecutive summers...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Kupchak: No Lakers' Basketball Decision Is Made Without Me

Jim Buss has received a lot of criticism for his role in the basketball department of the Los Angeles Lakers, but Mitch Kupchak insists he remains as involved as ever. “Unfortunately, Jim does get a lot of criticism. But no decision is made here without me,” Kupchak says. “If something doesn’t go right, I should be criticized as much as Jim. We are judged, by and large, by...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Mitch Kupchak Scouting Potential Lottery Pick Kelly Oubre In Kansas

Mitch Kupchak is putting in work. As usual. Tonight, Kupchak is scouting at the Kansas-Iowa State game in Lawrence. So, who is Mitch checking out? It has to be Kelly Oubre, the 19-year-old Jayhawks forward who is expected to be taken with the 8th overall pick in June, according to Draft Express. Here’s a pic of Kupchak taking in the action, via @cjzero: Who you watching, Mitch...
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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